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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/01/07 00:19:33 (permalink)
Hey can I get some help on a food truck purchase I am interested in? I have a thread
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/01/16 10:03:00 (permalink)
Well.... I don't even know where to start...
I have spent the last....ooooo just over a year now... working on this old beast.
 
If you have been reading along from the beginning, then you know how frustrating this journey has been.
I feel like I have put so much work into the truck, and still feel like I am only at the beginning.
 
I guess, for the first little while, I was mostly learning what I needed to do to get this thing running as a food truck.
Then once I stripped everything out of it and started with a bare shell, it was more about getting the TRUCK itself where it needed to be.
 
So just before winter hit ( and it hit hard ) I figured I needed to get it painted, so that I was not scrambling in the spring to get THAT finished.
After all, I had the paint just sitting there. Who knew I would have to buy double that amount??
 
So now I sit with a "functioning" truck.
But there is still so much to do.
The truck is bare on the inside still.
Gas tank is good, but the gauge still only works half the time, and I don't even know if its right.
I still have to put in the power steering.
The brakes still seem poor.
And a bunch of other odds and ends.
I'm not really sure if this thing is reliable enough for a good highway run.
So many times I have thought.... do I really want to go forward with this thing??

I never really said it out loud, because I am someone who believes ya dance with the one that brung ya. And all of this was MY choice.
I often thought that seeing as I am starting with a bare truck anyway....maybe I should find something newer to start from.

Maybe I should just shut up and finish what I started....
Maybe I should try and buy a truck that is already done....
Yeah, that and more.
 
I have actually been working on trying to buy a truck that I had found last fall.
Two problems are preventing me from doing that.
One obvious problem is the lack of funding to buy a ready made truck.
I might be able to overcome that part.
But the owner is off in Japan on a contract. I can't get a hold of him. Don't know if he sold it before he left or not anyway. And he won't be back till around June.
So I just keep on going forward with my regular plans.
 
I figure, I just finish the truck, work it for a the first year or two and see what happen.
Maybe I can just transplant the body onto an updated chassis??
People do that all the time with cars and trucks...right....?
Maybe at some point I will find a newer truck that I can afford, and just transplant all the stuff.???
Or maybe, I will just build a second one??? who knows??
 
Then the other day as I am browsing Kijiji ...
Doing my usual weekly browse for step vans and food trucks...
And I am not even browsing locally here because that is usually such a waste of time.
Same ol 2 or 3 trucks up there that have been up there for the last year.
8 or 9 grand. And still bare bones.
 
Sure I see them once in a while for a decent price, 2 provinces away.
 
So I see one that looks interesting and click on it.
Check it out. Looks like what I want.
Newer, lots of mechanical work recently done, all aluminum, old fed ex van, decent price.
Keep browsing.

Wha? wait? huh?
What was that??
As I am browsing past it again....
WAAAAA??? In MY HOMETOWN?? NOoooooo
Go back go back
where was that??
HOLY CRAPOLLI Cheeseman!!
It IS in MY town.
It was just posted a couple of hours ago...
 
Send the guy a message.
And wait. And wait.... and wait.
Yup he's pretty slow at responding.
He's out of town for a few more days. gotta wait more
Finally we meet up and FOOAAA!!! Just what I wanted.
Even safetied, AND not a dually! ( so don't have to safety every year )
NO WAY!
And I am the first to see it!
He says his phone is blowin up with 30 or 40 messages for people wanting to see it.
He was a pretty straight up guy. No BS. Not a salesman.
Had a good talk.
It was -30°c that day.
He tossed in a battery and it just fired up like nothin.
Impressed.
 
He just did all the shocks, brakes ( drums, pads, cylenders, lines ) power steering, exhaust a few months ago for the safety.
Showed me all the bills. Even the bill of sale when he bought it off his buddy.
OK I'm in.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/01/16 10:23:30 (permalink)
I am still felling guilty about spending more money that I don't really have and trying to justify to myself that this is the right decision.
 
But just driving it home was like night and day compared to the old one.
It feels just like driving a regular ol van.
Let's just say the old one is NOT a pleasure to drive.
Duh? Really? Like... what did you expect?? Right?
 
I have a tendency to over analyze stuff WAY to much.
 
So here's the facts
$3000.00
1998 Ford e 350 with 140 000 km underneath.
lotsa work done ( all in the last post )
Safetied, single rear wheel, all aluminum.
PS, PB, Tilt. Skylight ceiling in back.
Work area 12 ft long, 7 high, 7 wide ( SO much room )
All this new high tech stuff that works!!... like the fuel gauge, signals, HEAT!!
 
NOW I feel like I have a great starting platform.
 
It's totally different on the inside, because it doesn't already have windows and stuff.
 
So I don't have to "work with what I got"
I get to decide where I want stuff.
And so far it's nowhere near the layout I was going to use on the old one.
 
So now I guess I will have to start a whole new thread.
 
 

post edited by Blakkmoon - 2017/01/16 10:56:18
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/01/16 13:04:53 (permalink)
excellent, very happy for you. Now you can quit fixing other peoples mistakes and fixing shoddy work and do it right. Damn good price too my freind.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/01/16 22:01:26 (permalink)
Already used the truck to do a couple of deliveries today.
Did some vending locations as well.
Just trying to get a feel for what I will need to do for it.
So far... pretty happy.
A few little things here and there.
But yeah, definitely the right move.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/01/17 09:56:41 (permalink)
Congrats Man! Looking forward to the new build.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/01/17 22:19:15 (permalink)
Blakkmoon,
Seems like a no-brainer that the newer Van is the way to go.
How many weeks will it take you to fully build it out from scratch?
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/01/18 21:41:20 (permalink)
I wish I had had a timeline.
Much depends on weather.
The old truck need to be moved now.
Its buried under 4 or 5 feet of snow.
 
I am making my list on all the little mechanical things that I need to do to the new one.
Just standard - just bought a used car kinda stuff -
 
Luckily we have some nice weather for a week or so.
 
Other thing is ---  now I am re-evaluating my entire layout.
With the old truck, I was limited by the windows that were already installed.
 
Now I can do whatever I want.
So I am playing with a lot of design ideas.
 
Trying to thing long and hard about space and worklow.
post edited by Blakkmoon - 2017/01/18 21:46:43
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/01/20 22:41:36 (permalink)
Yeah the 5ft of snow is a bummer for sure. Hope it melts soon for you. 
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/01/30 11:03:37 (permalink)
So seeing as I am abandoning THIS plan and I got a new truck....
I am going to do the same with this thread.
 
No more posts here.
I started a new thread for the new truck here
http://forums.roadfood.com/Master-Plan-Part-Deux-m850366.aspx#850366
 
Tally HO!
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/04/05 16:39:56 (permalink)
Blakkmoon
Well.... I don't even know where to start...
I have spent the last....ooooo just over a year now... working on this old beast.
 
If you have been reading along from the beginning, then you know how frustrating this journey has been.
I feel like I have put so much work into the truck, and still feel like I am only at the beginning.
 
I guess, for the first little while, I was mostly learning what I needed to do to get this thing running as a food truck.
Then once I stripped everything out of it and started with a bare shell, it was more about getting the TRUCK itself where it needed to be.
 
So just before winter hit ( and it hit hard ) I figured I needed to get it painted, so that I was not scrambling in the spring to get THAT finished.
After all, I had the paint just sitting there. Who knew I would have to buy double that amount??
 
So now I sit with a "functioning" truck.
But there is still so much to do.
The truck is bare on the inside still.
Gas tank is good, but the gauge still only works half the time, and I don't even know if its right.
I still have to put in the power steering.
The brakes still seem poor.
And a bunch of other odds and ends.
I'm not really sure if this thing is reliable enough for a good highway run.
So many times I have thought.... do I really want to go forward with this thing??

I never really said it out loud, because I am someone who believes ya dance with the one that brung ya. And all of this was MY choice.
I often thought that seeing as I am starting with a bare truck anyway....maybe I should find something newer to start from.

Maybe I should just shut up and finish what I started....
Maybe I should try and buy a truck that is already done....
Yeah, that and more.
 
I have actually been working on trying to buy a truck that I had found last fall.
Two problems are preventing me from doing that.
One obvious problem is the lack of funding to buy a ready made truck.
I might be able to overcome that part.
But the owner is off in Japan on a contract. I can't get a hold of him. Don't know if he sold it before he left or not anyway. And he won't be back till around June.
So I just keep on going forward with my regular plans.
 
I figure, I just finish the truck, work it for a the first year or two and see what happen.
Maybe I can just transplant the body onto an updated chassis??
People do that all the time with cars and trucks...right....?
Maybe at some point I will find a newer truck that I can afford, and just transplant all the stuff.???
Or maybe, I will just build a second one??? who knows??
 
Then the other day as I am browsing Kijiji ...
Doing my usual weekly browse for step vans and food trucks...
And I am not even browsing locally here because that is usually such a waste of time.
Same ol 2 or 3 trucks up there that have been up there for the last year.
8 or 9 grand. And still bare bones.
 
Sure I see them once in a while for a decent price, 2 provinces away.
 
So I see one that looks interesting and click on it.
Check it out. Looks like what I want.
Newer, lots of mechanical work recently done, all aluminum, old fed ex van, decent price.
Keep browsing.

Wha? wait? huh?
What was that??
As I am browsing past it again....
WAAAAA??? In MY HOMETOWN?? NOoooooo
Go back go back
where was that??
HOLY CRAPOLLI Cheeseman!!
It IS in MY town.
It was just posted a couple of hours ago...
 
Send the guy a message.
And wait. And wait.... and wait.
Yup he's pretty slow at responding.
He's out of town for a few more days. gotta wait more
Finally we meet up and FOOAAA!!! Just what I wanted.
Even safetied, AND not a dually! ( so don't have to safety every year )
NO WAY!
And I am the first to see it!
He says his phone is blowin up with 30 or 40 messages for people wanting to see it.
He was a pretty straight up guy. No BS. Not a salesman.
Had a good talk.
It was -30°c that day.
He tossed in a battery and it just fired up like nothin.
Impressed.
 
He just did all the shocks, brakes ( drums, pads, cylenders, lines ) power steering, exhaust a few months ago for the safety.
Showed me all the bills. Even the bill of sale when he bought it off his buddy.
OK I'm in.


I completely feel you brother. I am almost done with mine, scraped the money from lifetime saving, sold my fast car and got a truck because I'm building on a trailer just because I knew all the hassle that could come from a stepvan. sold my bike, and almost everything I could sell, my credit cards are almost all maxed out paying the bare minimum just scraping every little penny. shooting for the first of may and still short about 2600 that's not counting "miscellaneous" u know what i mean. I'm not wraping it right away just because I can't afford that right at the moment.got my floor plan in and the application done just waiting on them to approve it to get a couple of things done I just can't tear nothing up after all that work. I work 10-8 and guess what I
 still work 8-2 on the food truck. tonight I'm going to put some shelves in and finish up a couple of things. hang in there brother. I was a little relived seeing I'm not the only one that have been feeling like that. as ;long as you work as hard as you can **** get done at the end
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/04/05 19:03:56 (permalink)
Yessir ma friend, we are some special kinda idiot breed. 
Hope you have pics of your progress.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/04/07 13:32:29 (permalink)
Blakkmoon
Yessir ma friend, we are some special kinda idiot breed. 
 




I hope you dont think you've cornered the market on that trait. Wait till you see what Im gonna be working with when I get it home.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2017/04/07 19:55:42 (permalink)
I think I can at least stake my claim for a leadership role !!
 
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